“The Lord will rescue me!”

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (2 Timothy 4:18).

The apostle Paul wrote the above words in a letter to his precious son in the faith Timothy. He desired Timothy to visit him. “I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy” (2 Timothy 1:3). You see, Paul was a prisoner in Rome. He knew his death was imminent. Tradition, dating back to the second century, holds that Paul was beheaded during this imprisonment. He wanted to see Timothy one more time.

The apostle had endured much suffering as a disciple and apostle of Jesus Christ. He faced death on more than one occasion (see 2 Corinthians 11:23-29). The Lord had rescued him again and again. No rescue was coming this time. Death was to have its way. “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure” (2 Timothy 4:6).

Knowing his death was imminent, death by execution at the hands of the mighty Roman Empire, how was the apostle able to write, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack”? His faith, his trust, was in the Lord Jesus Christ. The hope in the promise of the eternal kingdom of Christ was the rock on which his faith found a firm foundation. Even in death the apostle believed the Lord Jesus Christ was going to rescue him from the intended outcome of his execution. Christ, Paul believed, was going to bring him through death safely to His heavenly kingdom! “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).

Trusting in the faithfulness of God and of Christ to this promise Paul faithfully lived his life in obedience to Christ and to the ministry to which he was called. The apostle was faithful even though his faithfulness to Christ resulted often in suffering and was the cause of his present imprisonment and coming execution. He entrusted his life, his very being, his past, his present, his future to Christ. He did so because he trusted Christ. “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day” (2 Timothy 1:12).

Lord, help me to trust you with the same trust as the apostle. Give to me, to the many who believe in you and hope in you, the confidence and peace such trust brings.

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (2 Timothy 4:18).

In memory of Jim, of Sully, of Dad, of Marcia’s parents, of so many children, and other family and friends.

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